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Hay auction started in Missouri to meet growing demand

A long-time hay broker has launched a monthly hay auction in southwest Missouri to help livestock producers source fall and winter forages.  The auction was started by Bill Garrett, owner of Garrett Hay Farm. Tony Hancock with the Missouri Department of Agriculture says supplies... Read More.

USDA sees bigger hay crop in 2023

U.S. hay production is expected to be up on the year. That follows an increase in planted area and comes despite ongoing drought in parts of the Plains and Midwest, but quality is a concern in some areas. The USDA projects all hay production at... Read More.

Iowa farmers focus on hay and silage as dry conditions continue

Dry conditions and above-average temperatures allowed many Iowa farmers to harvest hay and silage. USDA reporters say some corn and soybean harvesting has begun, but the majority of the activity was cutting and baling hay with some corn silage chopping in the week ending... Read More.

Hay fields and pasture start to green up in MO

The widespread rains and cooler temperatures through mid-August are revitalizing pastures and Missouri producers are glad to see it. In southwest Missouri, Glenn Cope tells Brownfield they have received close to 5 inches of rain this month, good news for hay production. “We are hoping... Read More.

Some improvements in the Missouri hay market

Hay prices in Missouri are starting to come off the recent highs. Tony Hancock is the market news manager for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  “There is quite a bit of hay around this week that’s in the lower half of my reported price... Read More.

Drought and heat increase risk for hay fires this season

Hot, dry weather has increased the risk of hay fires on Midwest farms this season. Megan Schossow with the Upper Midwest Ag Safety and Health Center tells Brownfield there has been a recent uptick in hay fires and many are in barns where the... Read More.

MO delegation asks USDA to emergency hay CRP

Missouri lawmakers are asking Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to immediately allow emergency haying of Conservation Reserve Program acres in the drought. The primary nesting season delays several actions on CRP ground until after July 15 in Missouri. In a letter, the U.S. lawmakers said more... Read More.

USDA sees higher hay harvest

The USDA says the hay harvest should be up in 2023. However, the quality of that hay is a big question mark because of drought in parts of the country, and it is likely farmer harvest intentions will change to some degree. As of June... Read More.

Inconsistent hay yields for southern Missouri

A farmer in south central Missouri says while conditions in his area are better this year than last, hay yields have been inconsistent. Gary McClure, from Laclede County, tells Brownfield… “I am not as disappointed in the yield as I thought I was going to... Read More.